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Old 04-07-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
Jan 2009
Chandler, AZ
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I like the commercial and craft brewed IPAs I've tried so far, but so far nothing I've tried really has the bitterness that I am looking for.
So far I've tried Widmer IPA, Firehouse IPA, Dogfishhead 60 min and 90 min IPA, Ska Brewing Company Decadent Imperial IPA, Bridgeport IPA, Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA... There's gotta be a few others I've tried too, I just can't remember the names.
So far my favs are Four Peaks and Bridgeport
None of them has really met my desired level of IBUs.
I want something really mouth puckeringly bitter! Something most people would stick their noses up at and not drink.
I thought the Imperial IPA I bought would do it but it ended up being pretty mellow.
I know I need to try Dogfishhead 120 IPA. So I'm looking for suggestions other than that.

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Old 04-07-2009, 09:02 AM   #2
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Try one like Victory Brewing Hop Devil. Better yet... make your own!

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Old 04-07-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
Dec 2006
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Skip the 120 and the devil and go right on up to Lagunitas Hop Stoopid & Moylans Hopsickle

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Old 04-07-2009, 10:47 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by LSDracula View Post
I know I need to try Dogfishhead 120 IPA.
I don't perceive 120 as that bitter. It's so big and candylike, it ends up tasting balanced to me.

If it's clean bitterness you want, look for Stone Ruination.

I prefer hop character to dominate my DIPA. Pliny, Hop Stoopid, and Hopsickle type stuff.
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:57 AM   #5
Dec 2008
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Stone Ruination is the most bitter IPA I know of. I find it to be pretty average and not very complex but it's hoppy as hell.
On Deck: Amarillo IPA
Primary: Citra Double IPA
Secondary: Maple Brown Ale aging on American Oak
Drinking: English ESB, Dry hopped Pale Ale, Witbier, Two Hearted Clone

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Old 04-07-2009, 01:51 PM   #6
Apr 2008
Chadds Ford, PA
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I would agree with the previous posters that DFH 120 is not what you are looking for as it definitely comes off more balanced. I would say go for the Stone Ruination. I enjoy Troegs Nugget Nectar. It is technically an Imperial Amber but the IBU's are around 100. If you still are not satisfied try putting a few hop pellets directly into your glass.

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Old 04-07-2009, 02:08 PM   #7
Feb 2009
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stone ruination. i agree. it even says right on the bottle it ruins your taste buds.

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Old 04-07-2009, 04:52 PM   #8
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Ruination doesn't cut it for me. I like it, but it is not the bitterness that I love. Pliny the Elder (or the younger if you're somehow blessed to be by a bar that has it when it comes out), Moylans Hopsickle, Drake's Denoggenizer, Ballast Point Dorado DIPA was just bottled as was Tongue Buckler which is an overhopped imperial red, and Green Flash Imperial are all my choices.

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:07 PM   #9
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Hop Wallop

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Old 04-07-2009, 06:16 PM   #10
May 2008
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Simcoe, Double IPA Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Hoptimus Prime, Double IPA Legacy Brewing Co.

Imperial IPA Green Flash Brewing Co.
"Just remember Scooty Puff Jr. sucks!"....Philip J. Fry

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